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Capital Cities Made Me Ranty and Here’s Why

A couple weeks ago, I was at the gym with my best friend when we heard the most ridiculous song. I could not get over it. So much so that I wrote down the song and artist, and later forced myself to listen to it.

Forced is a strong word, but it’s accurate AF.

It felt like my jaw had slipped off my face and melted onto the floor when I re-listened to this song.

For the purposes of this blog, I always nane the song and artist, but I’m ashamed I’m doing it right now because I am calling them out for writing such a ridiculous song. Harsh, I know, but I have a lot to say about this.

The song is “Vowels” by Capital Cities, you know, the guys who had the hit, “Safe and Sound”? I don’t even know how to process the fact that they are the same band who did that song, and now they’re singing about vowels.

It’s like I went back to first grade when listening to this.

And when I say I went back to first grade, I mean I went back to first grade because apparently I needed to learn my vowels again from my phonetics textbook. Just wait until we get to the lyrics.

I can’t even begin to go through the song section by section, so I’ll just post the entire lyrics first and go from there.

Because I am BAFFLED I say, BAFFLED, at the fact that this is an actual song.

Verse 1
I got something on my mind
But words, they won’t do it justice
I could write it on a sign
But words, they won’t do it justice

Pre-Chorus
I need a translator at the tip of my tongue
There’s a freight train of emotion stuck in my lung
I need to get it out, get it out before it’s all gone
So I’ll just speak in vowels from now on

Chorus
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh

Verse 2
I could tell you what it’s like
But words, they won’t do it justice
Spell it out, turn up the mic
But words, they won’t do it justice

Pre-Chorus
I need a psychic to read my mind
Get me a Shakespeare to feed me lines
I need to let it out, let it out, I waited too long
I’m only using vowels from now on

Chorus
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh

Post-Chorus
Ahh-ahh-ahh
Ahh-ahh-ahh

Chorus
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh
A-A
O-O
E-E
Ooh-ooh-ooh

Like, okay, I get it, you don’t know how to say the things you have to say, but I don’t know, maybe try to find the words instead of taking us back to first grade?

There’s a reason why we left and went to second, then third, then fourth grade, and so on. BECAUSE WE LIKE KNOWING HOW TO SPEAK, AND WE ALSO GREW UP.

The worst part is that this song is somewhat catchy, but it’s completely ruined by the lacking lyrics.

Also, it’s totally lazy to use the same two lines for the first and second verse. Any good song uses repetition in its lyrics, but not when the only difference between Verse 1 and Verse 2 is ONE FREAKING LINE.

I know this is getting kind of ranty, BUT LISTEN.

There’s a reason why we listen to music. Music is something everyone in the universe uses as a gateway to help tell others how we feel.

Why do you think writers write poetry, or fiction, or nonfiction, or why musicians create music?

They’re using their metaphors and similes and other compariaons and figuraive language to describe the indescribable, so that others can try to understand an inkling of what they want to say.

And when you write a song, aka THIS SONG, you’re completely making music useless.

What good is it if you can’t find any words at all and instead speak in vowels, basically becoming a babbling baboon?

NO GOOD, that’s what.

Whew. Okay, so glad I got that off my chest. But also, I hadn’t complained about a song in a while, so this was overdue. 😉

Go take a listen to the song, tell me if you agree or disagree, and let me know in the comments!

Peace,

Brittney ❤

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